Khamenei asks India to 'confront extremists'

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday asked the Indian government to confront what he called “extremists and their parties”, saying the hearts of Muslims all over the world are “grieving” over the recent communal violence in Delhi.

His remarks comes two days after India summoned Iran’s Ambassador Ali Chegeni in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest over the “unwarranted” comments by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif over communal violence in the national capital.

“The hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India. The govt of India should confront extremists and their parties & stop the massacre of Muslims in order to prevent India’s isolation from the world of Islam,” Khamenei tweeted.

Khamenei, who controls all major security and foreign policy decisions, tweeted in English, Urdu, Persian and Arabic along with a photograph of a child grieving over the body of a man who was killed in the recent violence in Delhi.

In a tweet on Monday, Zarif said Iran condemned the “wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims” and urged Indian authorities to “not let senseless thuggery” prevail. Next day, India summoned Iranian Ambassador Chegeni and conveyed to him that Zarif’s “selective and tendentious” characterisation of incidents in Delhi are not acceptable.

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